We each are an important part of the greater web of life, a system that benefits from the well-being of each individual. Applying the principles of ecopsychology and holistic psychology, Somatic Ecotherapy invites the wisdom of the body, opens the senses and explores the physical experience as part of the natural world, and a key to individual well-being.
I am here to listen and provide support with open, direct and warm hearted communication. With mindfulness, I honor the wholeness and wisdom of our bodies, your connection to the earth, and spirituality as integral elements of mental health and happiness.
We will explore how connection with the natural world can support your growth: learn new habits and skills to develop a sense of grounding, peace, inspiration, wholeness and a sense of belonging.
Your first session is by telehealth, transitioning outdoors in the second session, or as appropriate. While indoors or by telehealth, this healing work can be achieved through integrating natural elements around you, guided visualizations, readings and expressive arts. Outdoors we may meet in forests, beaches or meadows in local parks and open spaces. Studies have shown that spending time in nature can have similar benefits to prescription medications for symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD and ADHD.
Your relationship to the natural world is an important aspect of the work we do together. We explore the balance of time you spend outdoors, indoors, in front of a screen, behind the steering wheel and beyond. We may explore your connection to places and people, and feelings about the state of world - socially and environmentally.
Eco-grief and eco-anxiety are becoming more commonly recognized, a natural inward expression of concern for the larger whole. We can work through this experience together by honoring and exploring your feelings, as well as helping you to find meaning, and the possibility of discovering empowerment, connection and hope.
Resources and Research Links:
URBAN NATURE FOR HUMAN HEALTH AND WELL-BEING A research summary for communicating the health benefits of urban trees and green. USDA Forest Service FS-1096, February 2018.
Stanford researchers find mental health prescription: Nature. news.stanford.edu, June 30, 2015.
A Connection Between Climate Change And Mental Health — Experts Say It's Time To Take Notice. wbur.org, June 18, 2018.
It's official -- spending time outside is good for you. ScienceDaily.com, July 6, 2018.
Do You Need a Nature Prescription? WebMD.com, June 19, 2013. Experiences Of Art, Nature And Spirituality May Help Prevent Disease, Study Finds. HuffPost.com, February 14, 2015.